June 06, 2017
Military graduates representing seven Midwestern University Colleges on both campuses received special honors from University President and Chief Executive Officer Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D. during commencement ceremonies held over the last two weeks of May.
After receiving their degrees and hoods with the rest of their classes, graduates who are either currently serving in or will soon begin military careers were invited on stage with Dr. Goeppinger, who presented them with a special commemorative coin honoring their service. Separate commissioning ceremonies were held to officially induct graduates into their respective service branches.
Each coin features a Midwestern University seal on one side, and on the other, a thank-you message for the student's dedication to serving the United States. The gift is derived from a military tradition dating back to World War I.
"The coin represents a gift in recognition of what these individuals are doing, not only for their professions, but for their country," said Dr. Goeppinger.
Sixty-five graduates representing the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, and the College of Health Sciences were recognized during commencement ceremonies. The 22 AZCOM graduates represent the largest cohort of military graduates in the College's history.